Apple May Cut iPhone Production Yet Again

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A German court has issued an injunction against Apple for violating one of Qualcomm's patents, forcing the company to suspend sales of some of its older iPhone models.

The ruling states that Apple should stop selling all devices which contain this specific modem, in Germany, but that decision will be suspended when the appeal goes through.

"Qualcomm insists on charging exorbitant fees based on work they didn't do and they are being investigated by governments all around the world for their behavior", a statement from Apple read. Just like China, Apple has again said that it'll appeal against the injunction.

Meanwhile in Germany, Apple's appeal means the injunction will not go into immediate effect but it said it was pulling its iPhone from sale while its appeal process went ahead: likely a tactic to get the court on its side.

The German court ruling comes in the wake of Qualcomm securing an iPhone ban in China over a software patent.

The ban does not cover the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus or iPhone XR, which were not yet available when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit.

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The Chinese ban was in relation to photo editing and touchscreen multi-tasking patents but, because Apple responded quickly and removed the offending features from iOS, sales of the older devices were subsequently resumed.

Previously, Qualcomm's China win allegedly occurred as the result of a rare legal maneuver which doesn't allow the enjoined party - in this case, Apple - to hear and assess the ruling and defend itself.

In the Chinese case, the patents Qualcomm claims are being infringed are used to adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photographs, and manage applications using a touch screen when viewing, navigating, and dismissing applications on their phones.

The technology giant did say, however, that all of its phone models would still be available from mobile phone carriers and resellers. Qualcomm, in essence, argues that Apple isn't compensating the company for the use of its intellectual property; Apple on the other hand has been alleging that Qualcomm is using invalid patents to demand royalty payments for the use of wireless chipsets.

For its part, in a blog entitled "Another Attempt to Stifle Competition", Intel executive vice president and general counsel Steven R. Rodgers also blasted Qualcomm.

A Qualcomm spokesperson did not immediately have a statement. Cupertino has also been found liable for any monetary damages suffered by Qualcomm, the amount of which has yet to be offered.